Window Blinds are practical, relatively cheap, and very easy to install. Simply follow these directions and you’re going to have your Window blinds installed in virtually no time at all.
Indoors – or outside-mount?
- Mounting brackets for blinds: Indoors – or outside mount?
Look at your window and decide if you want to mount the blinds on the inside of the window frame (jamb) or outside and/or above the window frame. Inside-mounted Window blinds look tidy and that is the best way to go in many situations. Outside mounted blinds cover up part of the frame and the mounting bracket holes will show if the brackets are removed at a later date. One compelling reason to go with an outside mount is in case the window frame is too shallow to accommodate the mounting brackets. If your window trim has holes from somebody else’s window hardware.
- Make good decisions
Most mini blinds are made of aluminum or plastic or vinyl. Wood and faux wood blinds are available at a higher cost. Additionally, Window blinds come using a cord (for lowering and lifting the slats) or without a cable or cord (slats are raised and lowered by transferring the bottom railing down or up.) Corded shades are readily available and cordless might need to be special ordered. Cords are a danger to young kids, so pick the safer cordless option if kids will be around. In case you have a grandparent or other seniors living with you, be sure to make your home safer for older people.
- Measure and buy
If you have selected to inside-mount your blinds, measure the width of this window area. Pick a blind using a diameter that will fit inside the space. Don’t go too narrow or you’ll have gaps that reduce privacy and let in too much light. For outside mount, measure the width you want to cover up and pick a blind together with that width. Most blinds come in standard widths to fit common window sizes. Some blinds can be custom-cut where you buy them or, if you’re not in a huge hurry and you don’t mind spending more, blinds could be custom-ordered to fit your dimensions.
- Open the package
When you open the box, then grab the directions, and see what’s assumed to be contained. Make certain it’s all there before you do anything else. Also, be sure you have a drill/driver (or screwdriver) and a pencil to mark the locations of the bracket holes.
- Mark the mounting brackets for blinds holes
Hold the mount in place to indicate the holes. An inch or so from the edge is usually a safe spot for an inside mount, as revealed, but look at your Window blinds and be sure the bracket will not interfere with the inner mechanics of the blind. If you’re blind came with a template to get the mount holes, then use this to mark them.
- Drill pilot holes
Drill pilot holes to make it easier to put in the screws that hold the mounts brackets.
- Install the brackets
Hold the window blind brackets set up, line up the holes, and put in the screws. Repeat with the next bracket. If you don’t have a drill/driver, the screws may be installed with a screwdriver, but it takes longer and it could be very hard, if not impossible, to install them with a screwdriver in case the window frame is constructed from metal or wood.
Pop the end caps onto the top railing of the blinds and then put the top railing into the mounts brackets. The blinds revealed here snap right onto the brackets. With a few blinds, the top rail fits in the brackets and you snap down a tiny flap. Examine the blinds to make sure that they go down and up correctly. All great? Step back and admire your work! And give a tap on your back.
- Install the tilt want
Hook on the tilt wand and test to make certain it tilts the slats up and down.
Plastic cleats were included together with our blinds. Install them and also you can wrap the cord around them if the blinds are pulled upward.
- Hold-down window blind brackets
Our blinds also included these hold-down brackets. Once installed, you can continue to keep the bottom rail hooked on the brackets so the blinds won’t flap around when the window is available on a windy day. Wind may also wreak havoc on your screen door. Repair a screen door easily with these simple steps.
- Temporary solution
What can you do if you need something to cover your windows right now or you live in a building where you’re not allowed to drill holes in your walls or window frames? Temporary shades will be the response! They are very inexpensive, take just minutes to set up (you simply cut them to fit, peel off the adhesive protector strip and stick them up) and they do not look half bad! Plus, when you take them down there is no damage to the surface beneath.